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Johnny Cade displays two specific acts of courage in The Outsiders. First, he comes to Ponyboy's rescue in the park when the Socs try to drown him in the fountain. Johnny is forced to use the knife he has decided to carry following his previous beating by a Soc with large rings on his fingers. It is this exact Soc, Bob Sheldon, that Johnny stabs to death, forcing the Socs to release Pony. Johnny's second act of bravery comes on Jay Mountain when the church in which the two boys had been hiding catches fire. Johnny realizes that it was his and Pony's cigarettes that had started the fire, and Johnny knows that he must make amends. He and Ponyboy enter the burning church, followed by Dally. The three boys manage to save all of the children, but Johnny suffers fatal burns in the process.
When Pony was attacked by the Socs he saved.him. He also saves the burning children in the church.
Johnny Cade went into the burning church and gave his own life to save young children. This definitely makes him a hero.
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